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Lights, Camera, Critic: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki (Part One)

Lights Camera Critic writes: My ‘Japanese Cinema Month’ is nearing its end. And after flicking through my reviews, I have failed to write about the most inspirational and prolific directors of Japanese cinema and animation, Hayao Miyazaki. While many will be aware of his award-winning Spirited Away and the recent Ponyo, his filmography goes back to well into the late 1970s. Now at the age of 70, his capacity and ability to craft films that continuously gain critical acclaim and awards, is simply amazing. In the animated world, and general cinema for that matter, I don’t think any director has managed to dish out so many fantastic and unique films. Thus I give you my take on his filmography:

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-MD-2065d ago

Ah Miyazaki. I grew up watching My Neighbor Totoro but I have not given this guy enough of my attention. I did watch Ponyo a few months ago and Howl's Moving Castle though (both fantastic films) but I haven't seen any other of his films yet.

Waiting for a Spirited Away bluray release.

Megaton2062d ago (Edited 2062d ago )

They're all fantastic movies, as are the Studio Ghibli films Miyazaki didn't direct. In fact, I'd argue that the greatest film to come out of that amazing studio is Grave of the Fireflies, which was directed by Isao Takahata. It's the greatest movie I never wanna see again. It brought me to tears, which is something I probably couldn't credit even 5 other movies for accomplishing, counting both live-action and anime.

You should definitely see Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Castle in the Sky, and Princess Mononoke. Actually, just see every film Studio Ghibli has made. They're really just that good.

Edit - Oh, and I'm not typically the guy to go "watch the subs, dub sucks!" but if you watch Grave of the Fireflies, watch it in Japanese.